The Do-Over by Georgia Beers

Georgia Beers is one of my favorites. She has a beautiful writing style that captures both the imagination and the heart. You can count on Beers to give you a quality well-paced book each and every time. Pretty amazing, right?

Easton Evans is coming off a divorce. Not a messy one, but one of mutual respect, positive interactions and co-parenting their seven year-old daughter. Easton married her high-school sweetheart and after years of marriage finally admitted to herself, her husband and close friends that she was a lesbian. When we meet Easton she is working through her guilt of a failed marriage, parenting an unruly adolescent and grappling with a corporate merger that has left her the bad guy to her new sales staff. When the company bigwigs ask her and the other managers to attend conflict resolution, Easton has no choice but to attend.

Bella Hunt is the therapist that will be running the six-week course that Easton and her co-workers will attend. Bella knows Easton from high-school and is dreading working with her former classmate. Bella had a nightmare experience in school and struggled to endure and escape that time period. The memories of the bullying she faced are more than enough. While Bella is a well-rounded accomplished adult, you cannot help but notice that her youth left a few forever scars. When Bella realizes that Easton doesn’t remember her she decides to keep their past a secret. Why go back through those emotions is she can just endure a six-week class? One major problem, she cannot help be drawn to grown-up Easton Evans.

From the beginning, the story has flashbacks of the characters when they were in high school. You become invested in their past as much as their present. You ache for the young girls that were dealing with insecurities, one in the popular crowd, the other the object of their bullying. The chemistry The Do-Over is absolutely amazing and the high school flashbacks are perfectly written so as not to distract or confuse but to add to the plot. They brought depth to the story and gave you more insight into the present day leading ladies. This is another fabulous book from Georgia Beers.

4 out of 5 stars
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Worth the Wait by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Long lost loves is a trope I am always drawn to. I think because you always have that angstiness. I love angst. Totes adore it! I love that emotion of I miss you, I want you, what the hell did I do to F it up so badly. Roll that into some heartache and throw in past high school drama and you have me interested. Add that to it that one of our leading ladies is an actress, okay twist my arm, give it to me. Give me this book! So when Karelia Stetz-Waters reached out to me, I could not resist in giving this book a go. I am so glad I did. This was a fabulous read that kept me interested the whole time.

Avery Crown has been a reality television star for the past fifteen years. She has a good thing going with her home makeover show. She works with a great crew, her co-star is her best friend and she is adored by her fans. Avery loves what she does. Everything is perfect career-wise, but what eats her up is that one fateful day her senior year in high school that she turned her back on her best friend and her mega-crush. She chose a chance a stardom over her heart, and her heart has never forgiven her for it. When her tv show, King & Crown delivers her back to Portland to do a remodel and it coincides with her high school reunion, Avery crosses her fingers and toes that this will be her chance to reconnect with the girl that she let get away.

Merritt Lessing has zero intention of returning to Vale Academy for her fifteenth-year high school reunion. She doesn’t want to go back but at the insistence of her friend, Merritt agrees under duress. She wants to help her friend Lei-Ling get a cameo on King & Crown to jumpstart her food truck business. She knows that this opportunity could help her friend break out into this competitive industry. She agrees to aks Avery Crown, the girl that shattered her heart for help, but it takes all of her willpower to go back. Avery walked out on her and never looked back, those scars have stayed with Merritt for years and have defined every relationship she has attempted.

I totally loved Avery and Merritt. I thought they had a great chemistry together that just jumped off the page. This is a book where you know these two are meant to be together but like most star-crossed loves the universe is going to throw everything including the kitchen sink in their path. They are going to go through obstacle after obstacle including a lot of miscommunication to come to happily ever after. If you have patience I promise you will love this book. A lot of fun, some angstiness and a good romance.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman

The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman is a young adult coming of age story. It follows the lives of two 9th grade girls that have different experiences entering high school. The journey is sweet, goofy and sometimes agonizing as they both venture into uncharted territory.

Harper Isabelle has been groomed for high school popularity. Her sister Bronte has paved the way for her to be the top female in her class. She knows how to act, what to wear, and what parties to attend to make sure everyone knows she in charge.

Sarah Jamieson is the high school loner, virtually speaking to no one besides her twin brother Tyler. For some reason this kid can’t catch a break. She hides behind makeup and purple tinged hair, to in a sense put up armor to protect herself from the barrage of insults hurled her way on a daily basis. Sarah is an artist who lives inside herself because facing the realities of high school are pretty awful.

The one thing I will tell you about reading this book if you are living with me in Grownupville, you must throw yourself back to being a 9th grader again. This is a true young adult book. If you are reading with the wisdom of age, you are going to struggle, but if you can relate to a high school freshman you will see the Teichman has written a brilliant YA story.

High school is easy for some kids, and devastating for others. For Harper being popular is at times a lot to manage. You have carefully built a house of cards that you must mange to stay on top of. While Harper struggles internally with how she really feels, she has it easy compared to Sarah. How such a sweet soul, could have zero friends is beyond me. Sarah’s being shy has virtually no one in her corner till she meets Harper. Their friendship is sweet and fun, but the transition into more than friends isn’t easy.

The only thing I really struggled with in this book is the dating threesome we had. I find it hard to believe that Sarah would double-cross her sibling to secretly date Harper. These siblings were very close, so for Sarah to betray, Tyler so deceptively was an issue that I got hung up on. Overall I thought this story was really remarkable and brilliantly written by Teichman.

 3.75 out of 5 stars
I was given a copy of this book by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.
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The Space Between
by Michelle L. Teichman
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 The Space Between